Parade dramatizes the true story of the life and trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man accused of the murder of a young girl in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. Parade is a compelling and emotional musical that asks important questions about anti-Semitism, bias, and propaganda in the American South.
Each Talk on the Step engages with one aspect of the production—such as its history, relevance, or creative process—to provide audience members with extra insight into the performance.
Thursday October 27: Student dramaturg Georgia Smith, a Drama & Theatre Studies sophomore, will share her research into cultural bias, ethnic stereotypes, and the Leo Frank case
Friday October 28: Dr. Andrea Sinn of Elon’s Department of History and Geography will explore the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism in the United States
Saturday October 29: Costume designer Jack Smith will discuss historic sewing techniques, and explain how issues of bias and stereotype informed his costume creations for Parade
Friday November 4: Professor Kim Shively, who teaches acting in Elon’s Department of Performing Arts, will explore how music is used to create cross-cultural and cross-racial empathy in Parade
Saturday November 5: Costume designer Jack Smith returns to discuss historic sewing techniques, and explain how issues of bias and stereotype informed his costume creations for Parade
Talks on the Steps are free and open to the public. You do not need a ticket to the performance to attend a Talk on the Step. Talks take place in the McCrary Theatre lobby in the Center for the Arts at 7pm.
Performances of Parade take place October 27-29 and November 3-5 at 7:30pm in McCrary Theatre, the Center for the Arts. Admission is $13, or free with an Elon ID. Parade is written by Alfred Urhy and Jason Robert Brown, and directed by Catherine McNeela with choreography by Linda Sabo and music direction by Ethan Anderson.